Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-viii

Contents

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xiii

...There are, as always, a humbling number of people to thank for the assistance, kindness, and wisdom they have offered me during the course of this project. In Taiwan, I was fortunate to spend two summers at the wonderful Academia Sinica: one in the institute of Modern History and one in the institute of Taiwan History’s new digs at the far western end of the legendary complex...

Map of Taiwan

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pp. xiv-xv

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Introduction

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pp. 1-6

...in March 2009, Taiwan’s national baseball team faced its bitter rival, the Chinese national team, in the Asia round of the World Baseball Classic at the Tokyo dome. Baseball, an integral part of Taiwanese culture for more than a century, is still relatively unpopular and unknown in the People’s Republic of...

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1. Baseball in Japanese Taiwan, 1895–1920s

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pp. 7-29

...in December 1998, Asahi Shimbun CEO Nagayama Yoshitaka made a short visit to southern Taiwan. He told his hosts that he had only one purpose for making this trip: to fulfill the lifelong wish that his friend, the famed and recently deceased author Shiba Ryōtarō, had never realized—to run a lap...

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2. Making Racial Harmony in Taiwan Baseball, 1931–1945

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pp. 30-53

...By 1930, after thirty-five years of colonial rule, Taiwan had been transformed into a relatively stable, peaceful, and prosperous Japanese colony.With a population that was still 95 percent rural, Taiwan had become a reliable “sugar bowl” and “rice basket,” providing foodstuffs and light industrial products for Japan’s home islands. in the cities, thousands of college-educated...

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3. Early Nationalist Rule, 1945–1967: "There's no Mandarin in baseball"

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pp. 54-78

...Few arriving in Taiwan as part of the Nationalist diaspora understood how difficult this transformation was going to be. In his self-published autobiography, Taiwan’s famed baseball coach Jian Yongchang included a photo of fifty-five students with their still-beloved Japanese teachers taken on...

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4. Team of Taiwan, Long Live the Republic of China: Youth Baseball in Taiwan, 1968–1969

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pp. 79-103

...Taiwan’s first great postwar Olympic athlete was C.K. Yang (Yang Chuanguang), who won a silver medal in the decathlon at the Rome olympics in 1960. To this day, his epic battle there with close friend and UClA track and field teammate Rafer Johnson is known as one of the most touching and memorable moments in olympic history. Yang, known around the world as the “Asian iron Man,” set the...

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5. "Chinese" Baseball and Its Discontents, 1970s–1980s

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pp. 104-124

...After 1969, Taiwan’s little league phenoms would win the next nine of twelve Williamsport little league world championships.As if this were not enough agony for the youth of America, the little league Baseball (llB) establishment also began inviting Taiwan to send teams to the Senior league and Big league world championships held every summer, respectively, in Gary...

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6. Homu-Ran Batta: Professional Baseball in Taiwan, 1990–Present

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pp. 125-148

...The 1980s and ’90s saw Taiwan’s baseball talent succeed at the professional level for the first time since Taiwanese players joined Japan’s professional leagues in the 1930s and ’40s. After World War ii, several decades passed before Japanese professional teams showed interest in Taiwanese players—a fact understood in Taiwan as proof of the harm done the game by the ruling Chinese Nationalist Party...

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Conclusion: Baseball's Second Century in Taiwan

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pp. 149-166

...on 31 December 2000, Taiwan’s presidentChen Shui-bian made his first New Year’s address to the nation, remarks meant to sum up his first seven months in office and also to “Bridge the New Century.” Chen had much to discuss, from the political revolution completed by his own victory and his once-illegal party’s climb to power, to the world economic recession and Taiwan’s entry into the World Trade organization, and tense relations with China and the increasing...

Appendix: Taiwanese Professional Baseball Teams and National Origin of Foreign Players

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pp. 167-170

Images

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pp. 171-184

Notes

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pp. 185-238

Glossary of Chinese, Japanese, and Taiwanese Terms and Names

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pp. 239-248

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 249-272

Index

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pp. 273-285

Production Notes

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pp. 286-286